Nominations for the Women in Finance Awards closed in March 2017, raking in 432 submissions across 14 categories. Through a rigorous vetting process, 119 nominees have been shortlisted to compete for the title of industry leader of the year.

An independent panel of judges will meet on June 15 to decide the winners, which will be announced at the black-tie gala ceremony on June 29 at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, London.

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Rising Star of the Year

This award recognises the best and the brightest talent in the early phase of their career. Judges will be looking for nominees who have a unique and inspiring story to tell, demonstrating personal development and deeper contribution to their company and the industry.

Anoushka Babbar, Head of Regulatory Policy and Government Relations, London Stock Exchange
Lucy Emptagee, FX Trader, Natwest Markets
Srijana Gautam, Consolidation Accountant, M&G Investments
Rupal Kantaria, Social Impact Advisor, Oliver Wyman
Tori Knight, RSA
Gaia Mazzucchelli, ESG Analyst, MSCI
Androulla Soteri, Tax Development Manager, MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Joanne Vowles, Head of Communications, Charles Stanley & Co Ltd

Advocate of the Year

This award is open to a company or person that has gone out of its/her/his way to support the cause of getting more women promoted fairly in the last 18 months. Judges will assess the nominees’ role in establishing and developing initiatives and training schemes and its impact on, and integration with, the business.

Anthony Baldwin, AIG Europe
Andrew Bester, CEO – Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group
Emma Flaherty, Founder, MoneyGirl
Carolin Gabor, Managing Director, FinLeap & Fintech Ladies Europe
Peter Harrison, Group CEO, Schroders
Alison Hepburn, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Clare Jupp, People Development Director, Brightstar Financial
Barbara Pozdovovkina, Head of Corporate Development & Marketing, LMAX Exchange
Nikki Short, Associate Director, RBS
Rafael Campos Valdez, Manager – Diversity & Inclusion, TSB (at the time of nomination)

CFO of the Year

This award is open to chief financial officers who have proven to be strategic visionaries for the business. The winner of this category will have contributed to delivering financial growth during the past year, demonstrated success in overcoming significant business challenges or barriers, and shown examples of team leadership and superior management.

Alison Brownhill, Balderton
Maria Ferraro, Siemens UK
Lucy Greggains, Unruly
Penny Ladkin-Brand, Future Plc
Melba Mwanje, Luanda International School and founder of SE1 United
Amelie Redon-Hoang, S4M
Carolyn Sims, Cazenove Capital Management
Fiona Tee, Currency Cloud

Specialist Investor of the Year

This category recognises an investor in a sector of the market other than bonds or equities, such as private equity, venture capital, business angel or investing institution, who is making stable long-term returns on their major capital investments over the past year. The winner of this award will be a role model for women in a wide range of disciplines.

Angelica Anton, SILK Ventures
Jeannie Boyle, Executive Director & Chartered Financial Planner, EQ Investors
Ophelia Brown, Founder, LocalGlobe*
Camilla Dolan, Director, MMC Ventures*
Tracy Doree, ‎Founding Partner, Kindred Spirit
Priyanka Karunanithi, Investor, BGF Ventures
Seonaid Mackenzie, Sturgeon Ventures LLP
Sonali de Rycker, Partner, Accel Partners

*at the time of nomination 

Fund Manager of the Year

Independent research reveals that only about 3 per cent of fund managers in the UK are female. This award recognises the a manager who has blazed a trail for diversity in the profession. The judges are looking for a fund manager who has achieved genuine out performance relative to peers and benchmarks over a prolonged period of time.

Claudia Calich, Fund Manager – Head of Emerging Markets Debt, M&G Investments
Johanna Kyklund, Global Head of Multi-asset Investments, Schroders
Lucy Macdonald, CIO Global Equities, Allianz Global Investors
Judith MacKenzie, Downing
Joanne Warner, Head of Global Resources, First State Investments
Sarah Whitley, Partner, Baillie Gifford

Wealth Management Professional of the Year

This awards recognises the person in the wealth management industry who has done the most, proactively, to promote diversity in the industry and to find tailored, inclusive solutions to both men and women looking for help with their personal finance.

Kirsten Boldarin, Partner – Investment Management, Stonehage Fleming
Mary-Anne Daly, Deputy CEO, Cazenove Capital Management
Stacey Parrinder-Johnson, Investec Wealth & Investment
Meena Lakshmanan, Partner and Head of Alternatives, LGT Vestra
Kitty McCormick‎, Director, Lending and Capital Management, Coutts
Sarah Soar, Head of Investment Management, JM Finn & Co.
Louise Stanway, Partner, Compliance Officer & MLRO, Ruffer LLP
Helen Watson, CEO UK Wealth Management, Rothschild

Financial Adviser of the Year

This award recognises excellence within the financial adviser community in the area of diversity, and in tailoring their solutions and products to the needs of female clients. The judges are looking for an Independent Financial Adviser who can demonstrate a track record of delivering for clients that truly add value, particularly in tough economic times.

Saika Arain, Boutique Finance
Kay Ingram, LEBC Group
Helen Jenkins, Inspiration Wealth Management
Louise Pepper, Bespoke Financial Planning
Ellen Roome, The Finance Roome
Madeleine Sunley, Blueberry Financial
Mary Waring, Wealth for Women Limited

Banker of the Year

This award recognises influential and inspirational women in banking.  The winner will have overseen strong financial performance for her organisation over the past year and will have successfully guided the bank in the form of new best business practices, expansion into new markets, or innovation in terms of new products or services.

Julie Barnsley, Head of Private Banking, Metro Bank
Angela Chau, Relationship Director, Santander Corporate & Commercial
Sophie Guibaud, VP, European Expansion, Fidor Bank
Maria Harris, Director of Retail Mortgages, Atom Bank
Sonya Iovieno, Head of Accelerator & Growth, Silicon Valley Bank
Clare Nicholls, Senior Partner, Invenio Corporate Finance
Tracie Pearce, Head of Mortgages, HSBC Bank plc
Rebecca Pritchard, Head of Business Banking, Triodos Bank

Accountancy Leader of the Year

This award is open to accountants who have consistently met or exceeded challenging objectives to ensure the highest quality of provision of accountancy and related services. Judges will be looking for examples of how the nominee has contributed to delivering financial growth during the past year, and of team leadership and superior management.

Stella Amiss, International Tax Partner, PwC
Radhika Chadwick, Partner for Digital Government, EY
Faye Hall, Director, Forensic services, Smith & Williamson
Abigail Jones, Principal, HW Fisher
Heather Miller, Head of Private Client Tax, Price Bailey
Myfanwy Neville, Audit, Tax and Business Advisory Partner, BKL

Insurance Leader of the Year

This award is open to the strongest senior-level contender in the insurance sector who has an outstanding track record in attracting and managing clients and bringing in successful deals. It is also open to women in senior diversity-specific roles. Judges will be looking for nominees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership.

Debbie Cannon, Personal Injury Claims Handler, LV= Insurance
Carol Geldard, Personal Lines Director, Covéa Insurance
Haley Golden, ‎UK Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager, ‎Zurich Insurance Company
Nicole Jones, Chief of Staff, Prudential UK & Europe
Mandy Martin, Head of Strategy & Business Development, Unum
Pauline Miller, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Lloyds’ of London
Julie Page, CEO, Aon Risk Solutions
Stephanie Smith, COO, Allianz

Legal advisor of the Year

This category celebrates the corporate lawyers that have broken barriers to advancement and carved out a niche for themselves in finance, as well as paving the way for diversity within their firms. Judges will be looking for those who have demonstrated significant positive contribution to the development, enhancement or success of their employer through innovative practice measures or pro bono work.

Rebecca Dury, Partner, Corporate, Ashfords
Lesley Gregory, Chair, Memery Crystal
Karen Holden, Director, A City Law Firm
Leigh Kirkpatrick, Legal Counsel, RBS
Andrea McIlroy-Rose, Partner – Head of Retail Property and Chair of Female Futures, Pinsent Masons
Nell Scott, Partner, London office Diversity & Inclusion Chair, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Caroline Sherrington, Senior Counsel, Ignition Law

Employer of the Year

This award recognises those companies that have proactively cultivated a diverse workforce, aiming to achieve equal gender representation at all levels. The judges will be looking for companies with the most diversity amongst senior employees, the best maternity/paternity benefits, a proven track record in promoting diversity, and the most extensive diversity-supportive policies in recruitment and operations.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Columbia Threadneedle
Legal & General
Lloyds Banking Group
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Opportunity Network
Virgin Money

Disruptor of the Year

This category celebrates the companies that have reinvigorated gender diversity in the financial services industry by breaking barriers, exploring new markets, creating innovative new products or services, or have established a new effective way of working.

AinFin Ltd
Essentia Analytics
Scalable Capital
Starling Bank
The Clear Company
Tribe Impact Capital LLP

Recruiter of the Year

This category recognises the recruitment firm that has championed equal pay and diversity in financial recruitment. Judges will look for the firm that has added outstanding value to their business partnerships and relationships. They will also be looking for innovation, market insight and profitability.

E2W Limited
Equal Approach
Hays Recruitment
Juggle Jobs
Rare Recruitment
Robert Half
Sapphire Partners

Woman of the Year

As the headline award for the evening, this category recognises an inspiring leader who has challenged, influenced or revolutionised the culture of the business and financial services sector. Judges will be looking for nominees who have demonstrated a positive impact in bridging the gender gap in the sector through mentoring, training and other initiatives.

Emily Cox, Director of Public Affairs, Virgin Money
Marieke Flament, Managing Director – Europe, Circle
Liz Hughes, Founder & MD, ionStar
Marta Krupinska, Co-Founder & General Manager, Azimo
Mali Marafini, Advisor, Novus Ordo Capital
Karen McCormick, Chief Investment Officer, Beringea
Helen Rose, Chief Operations Officer, TSB
Romi Savova, Chief Executive Officer, PensionBee
Sam Smith, Chief Executive Officer, finnCap
Louise Wilson, Co-founder & Director, Abundance Investment